LMCs demand emergency vote after Hunt out-of-hours comments

GPs have called for an emergency vote at this week's UK LMCs conference after health secretary Jeremy Hunt said doctors should take back responsibility for patients' out-of-hours care.

Jeremy Hunt: GPs should organise their patients' out-of-hours care
Jeremy Hunt: GPs should organise their patients' out-of-hours care

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire LMCs sent an emergency motion for discussion at the UK LMCs conference which starts in London on Thursday.

The motion instructs the GPC to give government a ‘strong and categorically clear message that GPs will not take take back the responsibility for the provision of out-of-hours services’.

It calls on GP leaders to oppose any proposals to force GPs to take responsibility for organising out-of-hours services, or to extend current core surgery hours.

Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show on Sunday, Jeremy Hunt said he was not in favour of a return to 'the days of GPs personally being on call at two o'clock in the morning'

But he said: 'We need to go back to GPs having responsibility for making sure that for the people on their list there is a good service available. I think the reforms in the health services help that happen.’

He said GP contract changes in 2004 led to a loss of personal relationships between GPs and patients. 'Having better alternatives in primary care and a closer personal relationship between people and their GPs, something many people feel was lost by those contract changes, that’s going to be at the heart of the solution,' Mr Hunt said.

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